Of the many challenging health concerns that a person may deal with over the course of their life, few are as inconvenient and sensitive as incontinence. In adjusting to life with incontinence, many patients will find that their already difficult situation can be further complicated by the sheer wealth of options that exist to mitigate the symptoms of incontinence. This is true even in the category of disposable underwear products. When choosing how to approach incontinence, patients and their caregivers must first ask “Are diapers or pull-ups right for me?”
Many people equate incontinence treatment most strongly with adult disposable briefs, commonly referred to as diapers. Diapers often offer the highest degree of absorbency of all available incontinence products, making them an excellent choice for patients with heavy or severe incontinence. While diapers are not as aesthetically pleasing under clothing as pull on underwear products, they can be much more effective at preventing leakage and other issues. Briefs are adjusted on the sides using wings, a belt-like component, or most commonly, adhesive tabs. By using this adjustability, diapers can be tailored to a specific patient’s size and comfort, making them an attractive option for patients of all sizes and weights. Probably the main feature of diapers is their ability to be easily removed, applied, and changed as needed. Diapers are frequently used cases where a patient may have a caregiver, or be immobilized in some way. Diapers can be removed and changed without needing to remove pants or other clothing articles, by utilizing wings or tabs on the diaper. This added convenience can make frequent changes more accommodating for both the patient and any caregiver or assistant they may have.
For patients who are more mobile and with light to moderate incontinence, many people opt for adult disposable pull ups, also called disposable underwear. Pull ups function much in the way that traditional undergarments do, and can be pulled on over the legs and worn just like normal clothing articles. Since pants, shoes, and other clothing must be removed to change pull ups, they are recommended for patients who do not need to change their incontinence products as frequently as patients utilizing briefs. Many patients who experience only intermittent incontinence will find that disposable pull ups are a great option for times when they cannot quickly make it to a bathroom. Most pull up products have an elastic waistband for comfort and fit, making wearing them much less of an adjustment since they function much like normal undergarments.
The main factor to consider when choosing between these two products it the degree of absorbency which is required, as well as the number of changes required. Patients who change their disposable products more frequently may find that briefs are advantageous, particularly since they can offer a higher degree of absorbency. However, if a patient is more mobile, active, and has only intermittent incontinence problems, pull on disposable underwear may provide a higher degree of discretion, dignity, and convenience.
Both diapers and pull on disposable underwear can make a measurable positive impact in a person’s life. Some insurance programs such as Medicaid will even pay for these products for patients with medically documented incontinence. Aeroflow Healthcare carries a full range of incontinence products, and can ship directly to your home in discrete packaging, saving inconvenient and potentially embarrassing trips to the store. We can also work with your insurance in many cases to provide these products at little or no cost to you. If you or someone you know is suffering from incontinence, call Aeroflow Healthcare today to speak with one of our trained sales representative about choosing the right incontinence product for your unique personal needs and lifestyle.